Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kites in Flight

Today I am excited to share that I have a quilt design featured in the May/June issue of Quiltmaker Magazine....that's right Blue Ribbon Designs can be found in Quiltmaker Magazine, on newsstands now. My quilt design is called "Kites in Flight"...and although the magazine is calling it a crib quilt, I designed it as a throw or lap quilt. It is a nice manageable size at 48" x 48"...and can be paper-pieced (you can find the kite foundation block included on the magazine pattern sheet) or cut with an AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter - instructions are included in the magazine for both options. When creating the quilt, I used my AccuQuilt GO! Big Fabric Cutter and two cutting dies: GO! Kite-4" Finished (55254) and GO! Strip Cutter-2" (55025 or 55164) (binding only). Each Kite Block unit is 4" square...and four Kite Block units make up one Kite Block. You can find the pattern and all the information on pages 38-40 of the May/June Issue (#163)....the single pattern is also available as digital download. The fun birdie fabrics used for my quilt are from the Sweet Tweets Organic Collection by Pengiun & Fish...along with one AMB Cotton Solid by American Made Brand (AMB-17 Light Lime), both from Clothworks....and Quiltmaker has both a quilt kit and a backing kit available in their Quilt and Sew Shop.



If you plan to use the foundation piecing method, Quiltmaker has posted a video, where Carolyn Beam (Content Director at Quiltmaker) gives you a overview of the block process...


If you plan to use the die-cutting method, AccuQuilt has a wonderful video, showing you how to make the Kite Block using the GO! Kite-4" Finished (55254) cutting die.


I am super excited to have this quilt back at home...most of my quilts are customer orders, commissioned pieces, made to be sold, or gifts...but this one, I am keeping...to me it is special!


Photo Credit: Quiltmaker Magazine


I am hard at work on new cross stitch and quilting designs...and you will see Blue Ribbon Designs in quite a few more publications this year!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Snapshots

Here's just a glimpse at some of the things happening in my world...

My prize package arrived from Pellon...and it is wonderful...thank you to everyone
who voted for my entries in Nancy Zieman's pillow challenge...I can't wait to put
these fun supplies to good use!

I basted, quilted, and binded all four GO! Value Die Sampler Quilts....

....and all four got shipped off to their new home...

I added to my forest that was originally started in 2008...
And A Forest Grew by Rosewood Manor

I picked up these delicate fabrics on a little afternoon trip to the quilt shop
after lunch with my very dear friend...
Ambleside by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda

The May/June issue of Quiltmaker Magazine arrived...and one of my
quilt designs is featured! More details in my next post...

My "Kites in Flight" quilt made it home after the photo shoot...

Schatzi and I on our favorite trail...

Miss Schatzi before she started to frolic in the lake...

Testing the waters...
And finally - here is a short video I captured of Schatzi playing in the lake during one of our training walks at Raccoon River Park...her joy is contagious...



Wishing you a joyous weekend, filled with things that make you happy!

...and pretty please, continue to vote for the block designs I entered
in the 2015 AccuQuilt Quilt Block Design Contest - you are keeping
 all four of my blocks in the top 10 and I am so very grateful for your support!
I feel extremely blessed and can't thank you enough....

The voting continues through April 19th (one more week)  - I have the chance
to win some FABULOUS prizes if you keep my blocks at the top,
so I appreciate every effort! Here are the links again - you can vote for all four of my blocks each day, along with any others you like - just click on each link
 and click on the word "VOTE" (you don't have to register or provide an e-mail
address - it only takes a moment).... THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

In The Pink: http://bit.ly/1xmF620
Sequined Stars: http://bit.ly/1C7P1IE
Petal Piecing: http://bit.ly/1CFvLV8
Perpetual Pinwheels: http://bit.ly/1ATmFOz

Friday, April 10, 2015

Tulip Time Table Runner

It's been an insanely busy week...and I will do a "catch-up" post soon, as I have several fun things to share...but today, I am stopping by to let you know that I am a guest blogger over on the AccuQuilt blog. I am sharing some insights on my latest AccuQuilt pattern design...the GO! Tulip Time Table Runner - perfect for those of us who are experiencing "spring fever". This bright and cheerful runner uses fabrics from the Basically Patrick Collection by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics.....and combines Broken Sash quilt blocks with machine appliqué. The colorful tulips are cut easily by utilizing the GO! Tulip and GO! Stems & Leaves cutting dies...simply iron your paper-backed fusible web product to your selected fabrics before cutting your shapes and they are ready to fuse in place in a matter of moments. Be sure to visit my guest blog post to read all about this new pattern...and for a limited time, you can download it for FREE.

Find my guest blog post here: http://www.accuquilt.com/blog/new-quilting-pattern-go-tulip-time-table-runner/

Find the GO! Tulip Time Table Runner pattern here: http://www.accuquilt.com/go-tulip-time-table-runner-pattern.html




For now, I am headed out to walk the dogs...then I have some sewing to do...and if I am lucky I will be in my stitching nest this evening. I am nursing an EXTREMELY sore throat, so I am hoping to possibly catch-up on some rest. I'll be back again soon to share several fun things with you...including my latest magazine feature!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Early To Rise

Be sure to stop by the AccuQuilt Blog today, where I am the guest blogger and "dishing" all the details for the new pattern: "GO! Early to Rise Placemats"...these modern rooster and hen placemats are my most recent AccuQuilt pattern design. I always enjoy a creative challenge, so when AccuQuilt asked me to design a pattern featuring the GO! Folk Art Fowl die by Bill Kerr, I immediately started brainstorming ideas...and this set of GO! Early to Rise placemats was born. At first, I thought this die was quite limiting, but once you read my guest blog post, I think you will find it can be used for a plethora of projects - both for the beginner and the more advanced quilter/sewist.  With all the curves in the feathers, the rooster and the hen are the perfect shapes for fine-tuning your machine appliqué skills....and the look can easily go from "country" to "modern" to match your style. Oh...and did I mention you can download the pattern for FREE for a limited time...so go check out my guest blog post and download this fresh, new pattern...and be sure to share a photo of your new table setting with me!


GO! Folk Art Fowl die by Bill Kerr



...and here's today's reminder - pretty please vote for the block designs I entered in the 2015 AccuQuilt Quilt Block Design Contest - you are keeping all four of my blocks in the top 10 and I am so very grateful for your support! I feel extremely blessed and can't thank you enough....
The voting continues through April 19th  and I hope you will keep visiting and voting for my blocks - I have the chance to win some FABULOUS prizes if you keep my blocks at the top, so I appreciate every effort! Here are the links again - you can vote for all four of my blocks each day, along with any others you like - just click on each link and click on the word "VOTE" (you don't have to register or provide an e-mail address - it only takes a moment).... THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
In The Pink: http://bit.ly/1xmF620
Sequined Stars: http://bit.ly/1C7P1IE
Petal Piecing: http://bit.ly/1CFvLV8
Perpetual Pinwheels: http://bit.ly/1ATmFOz

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Samplings

Happy weekend friends! It is a quiet Sunday and I am finishing up the piecing on four sampler quilts with music playing to lighten my mood. Schatzi and I just returned from a training walk at the lake and a visit to Starbucks...she was restless and I needed to get out of my studio and clear my head for a bit. The temperatures were in the mid-fifties this afternoon, but the wind was insane with 40-45 mph gusts...there were moments when I thought we were going to be blown away. This week has kept me busy working on some not-so-fun deadlines and juggling my schedule to fit everything in...I'm thrilled to almost be caught up with everything and I'm REALLY looking forward to working on a few projects that I personally enjoy and some sewing for my Etsy shop...plus some spring cleaning (I wish I could afford to take a few days off and just scrub away the winter months).

Here's a few photos of what's happening in my world...

Part of my prize package from Nancy Zieman's Pillow Challenge arrived...
a nice reference book and DVD...can't wait for the box from Pellon to show up on my doorstep...

Completed four GO! Hovering Hawks Blocks for four sampler quilts...finally
all 48 - 8" blocks are complete...it was a magical feat to fit these quilts into my schedule...

and after piecing hundreds of them, I am completely SICK of half square triangles (2" finished
square)...I can't wait to finish these four quilts and move on to 
something fun
(the 1st one of these quilts was enjoyable - these four, have been a challenge)...

Completed four GO! Flying X Blocks...

Completed four GO! Pinwheel Blocks...

Completed four GO! Mosaic 22 Blocks...
this block is probably my least favorite from the project...

Funny (true) story - my dear friend Mary called me yesterday and wanted to know if I
 had done anything for myself recently or taken some time for me...my response -
"I bought a new ironing board cover"...that got a good laugh...it's the little things...

A little personal stitching...Blackbird Designs monthly stockings...
two of the three for March done...and the third is started...

Simba waking up from a nap in Schatzi's bed today...he sleeps, I sew...

Miss Schatzi and I at Raccoon River Park this afternoon during a training walk...
I couldn't get her to look at the camera, but I did get a big kiss...

Thanks for visiting today - for now, I am back to work on the sampler quilts - the sooner I get all four of them done and off my plate, the better - I am ready for a fresh, new project!

....oohh...and one more thing...THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone voting daily for the block designs I entered in the 2015 AccuQuilt Quilt Block Design Contest - you are keeping all four of my blocks in the top 10 and I am so very grateful for your support! I feel very blessed and can't thank you enough....
The voting continues through April 19th (I know the voting period lasts WAY TOO LONG) and I hope you will keep visiting and voting for my blocks - I have the chance to win some FABULOUS prizes, so I appreciate every effort! Here are the links again - you can vote for all four of my blocks each day, along with any others you like - just click on each link and click on the word "VOTE" (you don't have to register or provide an e-mail address - it only takes a moment)....
In The Pink: http://bit.ly/1xmF620
Sequined Stars: http://bit.ly/1C7P1IE
Petal Piecing: http://bit.ly/1CFvLV8
Perpetual Pinwheels: http://bit.ly/1ATmFOz

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stitching, Sewing, and Schatzi

Two 18" pillows I recently completed for a dear friend...
I'm taking a break from my sewing machine to do a little blog update this afternoon....I've been at my machine most of the afternoon and I thought I would sit down for a virtual chat while I get a dose of caffeine and clear my head.

Last night, I finished a HUGE project for Just CrossStitch magazine that will be in the October issue...oh how I wish I could share it with you now, but you will have to be patient - it was A LOT of work, but so worth every minute...and I am just thrilled with how it turned out...

Have you been voting daily for my AccuQuilt Block Design Contest entries? - if you have, then I truly appreciate you! I know I ask for your votes every year...and for some reason, they make the voting process last a lifetime...but I want you to know that I am thankful for each and every vote. I hesitated to enter this year, after some of last year's results and the voting process - I know there was a lot of frustration across the board...but this year it is not just popular vote...and the block entries have to be made from AccuQuilt shapes (not just a fabric panel with a photo or a picture of a quilt)...this year, it seems much more fair and actually as described - a "block" design contest. They do have the direct view links working now, so I will provide them to make voting even easier. If you feel so inclined, you may bookmark them and vote daily through April 19th...every single vote helps - and THANK YOU!


Simply click on the direct links listed and click on the word "VOTE" - no registration is necessary and no e-mail address is collected. You can vote every 24-hours per device for all your favorites (meaning you can vote for all four of my blocks each day, along with any others you like)....

In The Pink: http://bit.ly/1xmF620
Sequined Stars: http://bit.ly/1C7P1IE
Petal Piecing: http://bit.ly/1CFvLV8
Perpetual Pinwheels: http://bit.ly/1ATmFOz

You can also visit: http://www.accuquilt.com/contest to submit your own block design and/or view all the entries!

So, today, I am back to working on four AccuQuilt GO! Value Die Sampler Quilts - I have most of the 48 sampler blocks complete and plan to have them all pieced by the end of the day...there are a total of 844 half square triangles (2" finished square) in four sampler quilts, so at this point, I really don't want to see triangles again for at least a few days. I cut all 1,384 pieces before starting, so now I am just putting everything together. I wanted to be done with all of them by now, but there are only so many hours in a day and matching up all the triangle points is taking me quite a bit of time. Maybe in the future I will do a block by block daily tutorial, including my tips and tricks - if you would like to see something like this, send me a message...if there is enough interest, I will see about putting something together.

GO! Simplicity Block Pattern

GO! Boat Block Pattern

GO! Whirlpool Block Pattern

GO! Double 4-Patch Block Pattern

GO! Road to Oklahoma Block Pattern

The original GO! Value Die Sampler Quilt I created....
I am now off for my daily training walk with Schatzi (my German Shepherd training partner) - temperatures are in the mid 40s and it has stopped raining, so it should be a nice evening walk - we will probably do around 6 miles. We have been doing some walks around the lake, but tonight, I think we will stay in the neighborhood...then it will be back to my sewing machine until 11:00 PM (I'm on a schedule and a deadline)...

Schatzi at Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park) over the weekend...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday Samplings...

Happy weekend friends and followers! It has been a productive week in the Blue Ribbon Designs studio and I am running myself a bit ragged trying to finish up a few fast approaching deadlines. I have been having a "stitching marathon" each night...and designing, along with sewing/quilting during each day. My heart longs to be spring cleaning, but that will have to wait just a little while longer. The weather has been lovely and I am hoping that the winter months are behind us (fingers and toes crossed). I have been getting in daily training walks with Schatzi, preparing for the Komen 3-Day in November - we have been getting in 5 - 8 miles daily...it is truly amazing how a daily training walk can put things into perspective and keep me focused.

I have a few things to share today...
First...it's that time of year again friends - voting is live for the AccuQuilt Quilt Block Design Contest...and this year I have 4 blocks eligible for your votes (and I may work on a few more in the future, should time allow). So, once again, I am asking for your help. Please take a moment and vote for my quilt blocks - they have made the voting process much easier and better this year (no registration!). You can vote once daily for all your favorites...meaning, you can vote for each of my four blocks once a day (plus any other favorites you may have). 
  • Simply visit: http://www.accuquilt.com/contest
  • Click on "View Entries"
  • Find my blocks - the easiest way to do this is type "Belinda" in the search bar...OR you can scroll through the entries.
  • Click on the block - and then click on the word "VOTE".
  • You can leave comments, if you so choose.
  • You can vote once daily for all your favorites! Easy peasy.
Here are my entries for this year:


I really enjoyed working on my entries again this year...and they are all so very me...I love to combine piecing with appliqué.  I also like to design blocks that stand alone or work good in multiples or in combination with other blocks...and of course, I think about what would look good as a displayed quilt block. This year, entries must be made from AccuQuilt shapes, so I can actually quilt up each one...and if my blocks do well, I will share all the details with you on how to make them yourself (a tutorial or two may be in the future). I hope you will support my quilt blocks again this year and place your votes for my designs! You can also enter your own original quilt block designs by visiting: http://www.accuquilt.com/contest.

Next...I would like to thank everyone who voted for my pillows in Nancy Zieman's 2015 Pillow Challenge! My pillows received 1st, 3rd, and 16th place (not bad for over 220 entries and over 8,300 votes)...and I will receive some prizes for 1st and 3rd, so I truly appreciate your support and encouragement! For my 1st place pillow, I will receive a bundle of Pellon products (valued $115)...and for my 3rd place pillow, I will receive The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew book & DVD from Nancy’s Notions (valued $34.98)...plus a Pellon pillow insert with each. So thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for voting for me! You can see the five winning pillow entries and the prizes for each by visiting:
http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/sewing-2/pillow-challenge-winners/



I have been updating my website and Etsy shop this week, too! My website has new tabs and features...so please stop by and take a look (it is best viewed on a desktop/laptop or in landscape view on a tablet or mobile device)....and I am working on new cross stitch designs and sewing/quilting patterns to add in the future. My Etsy shop has springtime items and I will be adding more vintage needlework books very soon...

Finally, here are some photos from my week (you can see these and more by following me on Instagram)...





In am off to my sewing machine - it is going to get a workout today...so much piecing to do, so little time! I will, of course, get in a training walk this evening....then it will be another late night in my stitching nest. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, filled with all the activites you enjoy!